IMPHAL, Dec 19 - Manipur has been experiencing cold spells since the last few days due to plummeting temperatures. The minimum temperature in the State has been hovering around 5 to 7 degrees Celsius since the last few days.
Chilly winds have been sweeping through the Imphal Valley since the last three days. Temperatures have dropped in both the hill and valley districts after the second week of this month.
The maximum temperature � 27.77 degrees Celsius � in the State today was recorded at Noney. On the other hand, Senapati today recorded a minimum temperature of 2.29 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest among all the districts of the State, according to inputs received from the Climate Change Cell of the Manipur Directorate of Environment. The maximum temperature in the northern district was 21.7 degrees Celsius.
On Friday, Senapati had recorded a maximum temperature of 20.93 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 3.88 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Imphal fell to 3.92 degrees Celsius today against Friday�s 7.3 degrees Celsius. Residents here have felt the nippy weather since yesterday.
As per the weather report of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, the minimum temperature recorded in Imphal on Saturday was 3.2 degrees Celsius.
The temperature has gradually gone down in Imphal since Thursday (7.5 degrees Celsius) and Friday (6 degrees Celsius), sources in the Lamphelpat-based Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Manipur Centre, said. The minimum temperature recorded at its centre on Saturday was 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Cold arrived in Manipur at December-end and the first week of January during the last few years, weather experts said here.